Living in a heritage area is different to living in most urban or even rural areas. There are some restrictions around what may be done in the area, as it’s important to ensure our presence doesn’t destroy the very treasures that make this area so significant for us all.
As a resident, the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act:
- Shapes how and where you’re able to build houses
- Places a responsibility on you to protect the area’s heritage and biodiversity
Controlling weeds and pest animals is one of the most important ways you can protect our natural heritage. In addition, you can take care when clearing vegetation and aim to be a responsible pet owner.
Any development, subdivision or landscaping work you carry out needs to be of an appropriate character, scale and intensity. The work can’t have a negative effect on any of the area’s heritage features, which include:
- The identity and character of the coastal villages
- The harmony, beauty and coherence of the low-density residential and urban areas
- The opportunities the area provides for wilderness experiences, recreation and relaxation
- The Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and its importance as an accessible public place with significant natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources
For a full list of the area’s heritage features, see section 7.2 of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act.